BCCI picks four standby cities for CSK games due to Cauvery turmoil

Chennai Super Kings won the first match dramatically

Ticket sales for CSK's next match on April 20 against Rajasthan Royals were also put on hold and will be refundable if the matches are shifted.

Chennai is in the grip of a water crisis and there were plenty of protests during CSK's first home match against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Demonstrations marred Chennai's winning return to the IPL after a two-year ban for corruption on Tuesday night, against Kolkata Knight Riders, and when a threat to unleash snakes followed it prompted the officials to act. "We have conveyed that to the BCCI and awaiting (further) information".

With protests surrounding the Cauvery dispute spilling over to the cricketing arena, the prevailing situation has forced Chennai Super Kings to move their home matches to Pune. CSK's home games will be played in Pune instead. It happened because the government said that they are not able to give full security to IPL.

Thiruvananthapuram MP and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor too said on Wednesday the matches would be played at Thiruvananthapuram's Sports Hub if the BCCI chose to shift the venue to Kerala.

Billings, on debut for CSK, took it upon himself to deliver a memorable victory for the Super Kings, who were playing their first match at home since 2015. "It's a disappointing day for us because we did our best to prepare MA Chidambaram Stadium for the event. CSK is not averse to shifting base to Pune", IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said to TOI.

Meanwhile, IPL matches that were moved out of Chennai will most likely be held in Pne. Great to be back and again experience the love and passion, the Tamil Nadu fans have for cricket and CSK.

While Kerala Cricket Association has shown interest in hosting the matches in Thiruvananthapuram, Visakhapatnam has emerged as the favourite because of logistics and the city's infrastructure. Despite the traffic snarls, several fans walked their way to the stadium and all the stands available for Tuesday's match were packed. Notably, the two neighboring states in South India have been at loggerheads for more than a decade over the river-sharing issue.



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